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Enseigner Le Français avec TV5Monde



I last blogged about this site back in 2012. I've been looking at it again and have to say that it's a fabulous resource for video listening, with some skillfully produced graded worksheets.

If you do a search via Fiche par Thème, you access a large range of advanced level listening material. the topics include: Actualité mondiale, Diversité à l'école, Expressions imagées francophones, l'Europe vue par des experts, Découverte des régions francophones (including some from Canada), Patrimoine oral francophone, Analyse des relations internationales, Un pays, un lieu, une émotion, Sport en tous genres. There are quite a few more.

Whether you like the videos may depend on your taste and that of your students, but the ones I have viewed are generally interesting, clear and well-paced for advanced level and are accompanied by a range of very usable worksheets, set at different levels, depending on the class you have. On the whole they will suit Upper Sixth students in England and Wales (Higher in Scotland, advanced level elsewhere).

At the time of writing there are no fewer than 212 French song videos available (usually Youtube linked). The worksheets include song lyrics, matching tasks, completion, note taking. There are also teacher notes for guidance. Documents are in pdf and word, so there is an opportunity for editing them to match your own class. I really like these worksheets, They look like they are written by practising teachers who know what works and what will stimulate.

In the Sports section, which features some extreme sports, I looked at the video about Le snowkite. This would work at AS level (low advanced). The language is reasonably paced, clear and authentic, of course. The Fiche apprenant élémentaire (A2) is well thought out and I would be happy to use it with a lower sixth class.

In the Découverte des régions francophones I looked at the one on Languedoc-Roussillon. This is a tourist brochure style video which would work well with advanced adult learners, as well as at AS level if you were doing a theme on holidays. This video has three sets of graded worksheets. All of them work well, the hardest demanding writing at greater length. the teachers' notes are detailed and act as a lesson plan with answers where required.

I cannot praise this site highly enough. Students doing self-study may have appreciated their own answer keys at the end of each worksheet, but this is a minor quibble really.

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